Slovakia committed to stability, security in Afghanistan: envoy

13:04, November 05, 2010      

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Slovakia said here Thursday that the country is committed to assisting the war-torn Afghanistan in achieving stability and security within the framework of the NATO-led operations in the Asian country.

The statement came as Milos Koterec, the Slovak permanent representative to the United Nations, was speaking at a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on the situation in Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan, 30 years war-torn country, is an unchallenged priority for all of us," he said. "Slovakia is committed to assisting Afghanistan and contributes to its stability and security within the operation ISAF ( the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force) and by civilian and development activities."

"Together with other countries, Slovakia will remain engaged until needed and requested, until Afghanistan is able -- by its own means -- to sustain security that will pave the way for development," he said.

"We consider the phased transition of the security to the Afghan leadership as our primary task," he said.

In the spring this year, Slovakia increased its troops in ISAF in Afghanistan up to 300 and "now we are again on upward trajectory," he said. "Yesterday, on Nov. 3, 2010 the Slovak government agreed on a new mandate of the troops."

"Our military contribution will be primarily focused on the support to the transition process including training and stand-up of the Afghan National Security Force," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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